Monthly Archives: August 2015

Hamburgers……

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Nothing says summer more than a burger fresh off the grill. These days, burgers are more than the classic beef-and-cheddar variety. We’ve taken to making burgers out of everything, from chicken to seafood to beans!

When choosing your burger, don’t be afraid to mix things up a little. Try adding international flair through toppings like kimchi or tzatsiki sauce, or mix some pesto right into the meat before cooking. Adding chopped olives, onions or jalapeños can add so much flavor with minimal effort.

Even if you’re a red meat fan, branching out with a burger made from mushrooms or lentils will surprise your taste buds, in a good way. Vegetarian burgers are often a little more finicky on the grill, so if you’re worried about them falling through the grates, use a special grilling sheet, or stick to cooking on the stovetop or baking in the oven. No matter how you cook it, you’ll get a meal worth celebrating.

Best Burger Tips

  • Portobello and Pineapple Teriyaki Veggie BurgersKeep the ground meat very cold and handle it as little as possible.
  • Make the patties much bigger than you would normally  as the burgers cook they will shrink up significantly. (This doesn’t apply to veggie burgers.)
  • Use your thumb to make a dent in the center of each patty. This helps the burger from becoming too round when it cooks.
  • If you’re a fan of melty cheese, add a square to the center of an uncooked burger patty then fold the ground meat around it. The cheese will melt as the burger cooks but remain in the core.
  • Don’t salt the burgers until right before they hit the grill. Salting too early will change the texture of the burgers making them springy instead of tender.
  • Be sure to prepare the grill, oiling and cleaning the grill grates and getting the fire nice and hot.

Now go ahead and experiment and ENJOY!

Corn

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Guess what?   It’s corn season…..how fantastic is that!!!!!!  Here are some suggestions to get the most enjoyment from an early summer favorite in New England.

Mexican-Style Grilled Corn

Ingredients:
  • 1/4 cup crème fraîche
  • 1/4 cup light mayonnaise
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 2 canned chipotles in adobo sauce, seeded
  • 6 ears corn, husked
  • 1/2 cup queso fresco or grated Parmigiano Reggiano
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 lime, cut into wedges

Preheat a grill to medium-high heat. Meanwhile, put crème fraîche, mayonnaise, salt and chipotles in adobo in a food processor and pulse just until smooth; transfer to a bowl. Generously brush mixture on corn and grill, turning occasionally, until deep golden brown, 7 to 9 minutes.

Brush remaining crème fraîche mixture on corn, then sprinkle all over with queso fresco and cayenne. Serve with lime wedges on the side to squeeze over the top.

Coconut-Ginger Corn on the Cob

Ingredients:
  • 1 (15 ounce) can light (reduced-fat) coconut milk
  • 2 inch piece fresh ginger, thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 6 hot boiled sweet corn ears
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro

Place coconut milk and ginger in a medium saucepan and bring to a simmer. Lower heat and cook at a bare simmer until the milk is reduced by half, 25 to 30 minutes. Strain milk into a cup and stir in lime juice. Pour a few tablespoons of the mixture onto a plate and roll hot corn in it to coat. Serve garnished with cilantro. Leftover coconut sauce will keep refrigerated 3 to 4 days.

Yummy!   enjoy…..

Apple Cider Vinegar

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Apple cider vinegar is a new obsession. You can take apple cider vinegar shots a few times a day for a quick and effective energy burst. However, I’ve since discovered so many other useful ways to incorporate apple cider vinegar (ACV) into a daily routine.

It’s effective for pretty much anything—your skin, your hair, your house, and even your pets can benefit from its qualities. Raw, organic, unfiltered and unpasteurized, apple cider vinegar is so much more than a salad dressing!

1. Apple cider vinegar can detoxify your home.

It’s made from apple juice and is fermented to hard apple cider. It’s then fermented a second time to become apple cider vinegar. By using ACV in lieu of other products, we instantly decrease the consumption of unnatural chemicals in our homes and daily lives.

2. It can make your hair shine.

Apple cider vinegar can be used as a rinse for your hair after shampooing, and will boost your hair’s body and shine. I recommend recycling an old shampoo bottle, then filling it with 1/2 a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar and a cup of cold water. Pour the solution through your hair after shampooing several times a week for dramatic results.

3. Natural apple cider vinegar regulates the pH of your skin.

Dilute ACV with two parts water, and spread the concoction over your face with a cotton ball to replace your current toner. You can do this at night after washing, and in the morning before you apply your moisturizer. A dab of apple cider vinegar can also be left on the skin overnight to fade age spots or acne scars.

It’s also a recommended agent for warts. For warts, soak a cotton ball in apple cider vinegar, then fasten the cotton ball over the wart with a Band-Aid overnight. The skin may swell some as it reacts with the solution. However, the wart will fall off. Once it falls off, the treatment should be continued for a few more days, to make sure the wart doesn’t return.

4. It can remove stains from teeth.

Rub teeth directly with apple cider vinegar, and rinse with water.

5. It can soothe sunburnt skin.

Add a cup of apple cider vinegar to your bath, and soak for 10 minutes to eliminate discomfort from sunburn.

6. Apple cider vinegar can be used as a natural aftershave.

Fill a bottle with equal parts apple cider vinegar and water, and shake before applying to the face.

7. It’s an all-natural massage treatment.

Rubbing apple cider vinegar on your hands and feet will give massage-like benefits and relief to tired hands and feet.

8. Apple cider vinegar can aid in weight loss.

For daily weight management, add 2 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar to 16 ounces of water. This concoction can be sipped throughout the day. Data shows some limited, yet significant, weight loss benefits from sustained daily intake of acetic acid (which is a main ingredient in apple cider vinegar).

In a 2009 study published in Bioscience, Biotechnology, and Biochemistry, it was found that subjects that consumed acetic acid for 12 weeks experienced significant declines in body weight, abdominal fat, waist circumference and triglycerides. Triglycerides contribute to the bad cholesterol that we want to avoid.

9. Apple cider vinegar will balance your entire inner body system.

The body constantly strives to achieve a state of equilibrium. Apple cider vinegar helps the body maintain a healthy alkaline pH level. Research shows that higher acid levels (lower pH level) leads to a lack of energy and higher incidences of infection. Hence, my desire to sip some a few times a day for a natural boost of energy.

10. It can help you detox.

As part of balancing the body’s pH, apple cider vinegar creates an overall detoxification of the body. Research shows that it can help stimulate cardiovascular circulation and help detoxify the liver.

11. ACV is great for your lymphatic system.

This miracle vinegar helps to break up mucous throughout the body and cleanse the lymph nodes. Believe it or not, research suggests that apple cider vinegar can help with allergies because of its ability to reduce mucous and sinus congestion. When reducing the effects of allergies, it can also help stave off sinus infections and their related symptoms, such as sore throats and headaches.

12. It can help your body get rid of candida.

This vinegar is rich in natural enzymes that can help rid your body of candida—yeasts that are attributed to thrush in humans. Candida also is blamed for creating symptoms of fatigue, poor memory, sugar cravings, and yeast infections.

13. ACV can help you reduce heartburn.

Though it might seem like an oxymoron to treat stomach acid with an acid-containing vinegar, there is research suggesting that apple cider vinegar works by correcting low acid, hence reducing heartburn. Natural remedy experts say you should begin to feel relief very shortly after taking a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar followed by a glass of water. Note that apple cider vinegar will not give relief if you have an ulcer.

14. The use of apple cider vinegar is effective in repelling fleas on your pets.

One part vinegar and one part water can be sprayed on your pets fur and rubbed in generously to the skin. Saturate the entire coat, and continue every day for a few days to a week. Any flea infestation will surely be gone.

15. It’s an all-natural room freshener.

Apple cider vinegar will clean your toilets and leave your bathroom smelling like apples! Just pour apple cider vinegar into the toilet, and allow it to sit overnight. It can also be used in dishwashers as a substitute for dish detergent. Mix 1/2 cup of apple cider vinegar with 1 cup water, and you can use this solution to clean microwaves, kitchen surfaces, windows, glasses and mirrors, too.

As you can see, apple cider vinegar is a miracle product that can be used in a multitude of ways. I highly recommend its use!

The power of coconut oil

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The power of coconut oil…who knew?  This Cooking Oil Is A Powerful Virus-Destroyer And Antibiotic.

You’ve no doubt noticed that for about the last 60 years the majority of health care officials and the media have been telling you saturated fats are bad for your health and lead to a host of negative consequences, like elevated cholesterol, obesity, heart disease and Alzheimer’s disease.

Meanwhile during this same 60 years the American levels of heart disease, obesity, elevated serum cholesterol and Alzheimer’s have skyrocketed compared to our ancestors, and even compared to modern-day primitive societies using saturated fat as a dietary staple.

Did you know that multiple studies on Pacific Island populations who get 30-60 percent of their total caloric intact from fully saturated coconut oil have all shown nearly non-existent rates of cardiovascular disease?

The fact is, all saturated fats are not created equal.

The Truth About Coconut Oil

It turns out, the naturally occurring saturated fat in coconut oil actually has some amazing health benefits that may surprise you, such as:

Promoting your heart health

• Promoting weight loss, when needed

• Supporting your immune system health

• Supporting a healthy metabolism

• Providing you with an immediate energy source

• Keeping your skin healthy and youthful looking

• Supporting the proper functioning of your thyroid gland

Coconut Oil On Your Skin

Besides the mounting medical and scientific evidence that coconut oil has powerful positive health benefits when eaten, it has also been used for decades by professional massage therapists to knead away tight stressed muscles.

Coconut oil is exceptionally helpful for pregnant women, nursing moms, the elderly, those concerned about digestive health, athletes (even weekend warriors), and those of you who just want to enhance your overall health.

Try it you’ll LOVE IT…especially in your smoothie…yummmmmmm.